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In the year 1533 'Thomas Humerston of Wymundiswolde' being of 'gud mynd and perfyte memorie' made his last will and testament. Among other bequests, he left to his son Sir John Humerston, Vicar of Prestwold, 'ye brasen morter with ye pestell' and his 'best brass pot'. Sixty years later, in 1592, John Humberstone, yeoman of Wymeswold, grandson of the aforesaid Thomas and nephew of Sir John bequeathed to his own son William his 'greate brasen morter' and 'greatest brasse pott'. Thomas came to Wymeswold from Thrussington and died there in 1536. The family remained in the parish for five generations. The Leicestershire roots of the Humberstones can be traced back to the 14th century. William de Humberston was Mayor of Leicester in 1389, his brother Roger in 1398.

From W.G. Hoskins' history of the Humberstone family in Transactions of the Leicestershire Archaeological and Historical Society Vol. 20 Part 2, 1938-9.

Originally published in WHO Newsletter 2000.

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